We've got more odd creations
and far out gadgets from our leisurely Saturday and
Sunday at the Maker Faire
. If you liked round one, check out round two to see more from the Faire and find out
about this robot made from scrounged and garage sale parts. See you next year, Maker Faire!
Do not look at the man behind the curtain.
is at the controls of Sparky 1.0, the bot
pictured above. Sparky 1.0 is a 'roving self portrait' , another in a series of art projects by Marque.
Graffiti Research Lab
brought their portable lab (AKA matte black school
bus). They used conductive paint to create traces to power LEDs mounted in strategic locations. Pictured is one of
their programmable controllers for cycling the LEDs.
showed off his sweet modified table saw he uses to create
precision wood puzzles and boxes.
If you find the rising cost of gas
alarming, you might consider modding a diesel van to run on vegetable oil like Brandon Woll
. His van features his own custom made oil pre-heater dubbed the
"hot potato veg oil heater."
Now you don't have to wait for your pictures
to come back to see those red eyes. The light from the LEDs in the goggles built by Rebecca Hinden
reflects in others eyes making all your friends look posessed.
The rear end of Damien Stolarz's
MP3car Toyota has just a few aftermarket bits. We couldn't
pry people out of the inside to grab photos of the passenger area.
built his own enigma machine out of his old Atar 2600. He even
put vintage graphics on his ENIGMA MACHINE cartridge.
This uh, slightly overbilt
reading lamp was covered by hack-a-day
touchpad controlled, network enabled and could probably jack up your car in a pinch.
This weather baloon rises up and down via
text message commands. The message triggers a garage door opener that uses a bicycle wheel to act as a crude winch to
let out and reel in the line.
Zigbee is hopefullly the future replacement for
the elderly x10. Zigbee has potential, but the dollhouse needs some work.
Forget to water your plants? How about one that just requires battery changes every so often. Philip Ross
built some enclosed hydroponic systems.
Another one of the toys that Segway brought was
The Bay Area Segway Enthusiasts Group showed
up and played a few rounds of whack the ball at the crowd.
polo. Yeah, that's Steve "The Enforcer" Wozniak
weilding his polo mallet.